Forerunner - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɔːrʌnər|  American pronunciation of the word forerunner
Brit.  |ˈfɔːrʌnə|  British pronunciation of the word forerunner

noun

- a person who goes before or announces the coming of another (syn: precursor)
- something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone (syn: harbinger, herald, precursor, predecessor)
- anything that precedes something similar in time (syn: antecedent)

Examples

a simple machine that was the forerunner of today's computers

I had that strange feeling that's the forerunner of a cold.

Overcast mornings are the sure forerunners of steady rain.

The League of Nations was the forerunner to the United Nations.

Euparkeria was probably a direct forerunner of dinosaurs.

Babbage's engine was the forerunner of the modern computer.

Word forms

noun
singular: forerunner
plural: forerunners
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